This is a bow in the direction of @Charles Roth MPC
and an announcement.
Yesterday I have started a new channel, the Erik Satie Timeline. I am planning to use it to systematically explore his work and get a sense of order and development. But first and foremost it's a channel and a project just for myself and my personal enjoyment.
The Erik Satie Timeline. Satie est mort, vive Satie.
I was introduced to Erik Satie in around 1999 or so and felt an immediate connection. Furthermore he turned out to be the inventor of one of my favourite styles of music, Ambient. We were taught that his composition style is pattern oriented, just like many of today's electronica. He skips the then contemporary wagnerism, romanticism, impressionism and instead forms his own "all white" style, in parts reaching back to much older musical forms and aesthetics (medieval cantus etc.), though you will often not notice it. For example he felt inspired by the gothic windows in his beloved Notre Dame church and reflected their form in his Gnossiennes. You will not notice this until you have a look at how he built the piece: paired phrases that, if you open up your imagination, are typical for these kinds of windows. It's not as if he didn't tell you, though. Ogives are the diagonal rips typical for gothic windows.
Because he was accused by critics that his pieces were devoid of (traditional classical) formalities, he answered with compositions he named "Pieces in form of a pear".
His humour was strange, private and extraordinary. His scores aesthetically stunning, unique and often contain quirky comments, commands or even stories between the lines. He loved to combine visual arts (he was a passionate calligrapher and scribbled a lot) with literary sketches that were just as condensed as his music. There are instances of pieces that only begin to make sense and shine when you really view
the entire piece while listening.
Within just a few minutes I was mesmerized by the Velvet Gentelman.
Though, during the last 10 years or so he somewhat retracted into the background. Always there, but I was ... caught in the realities of life.
Then @Charles Roth MPC
posted a piece by Scott Joplin
, whom Satie (who loved quoting and hiding contemporary popular music within his pieces) quoted several times. I hijacked that thread, and I am sorry for that but ... @Charles Roth MPC
, you set me on fire, the fire of inspiration and awe. I shall be eternally grateful to you.
Since then I am caught once again. I feel more alive than I have for many years now, as a start I have now totally
fallen for Satie's work, I feel like he is an ancestor of mine in many ways. I feel so connected to his way of expressing himself.
That is why I quite early on had the idea for that channel, creating a timeline and by doing that getting more acquainted with his work. If anyone feels like joining in the fun, you are welcome. Just don't expect much traffic. Sometimes there may be several posts at once, then again silence for quite a while.
I am also using this as an experiment: how does Hubzilla behave when I create a timeline that begins more than 150 years ago? How can I use this creatively?
I am thinking of getting playful here, honoring those stykes that I found are so deeply rooted within my own self: absurdism, some dada, minimalism, some surrealism, children's art, ambient and all that.
I will see, where this will lead me.